Extruders Inc. is facing $166,000 in penalties for allegedly
failing to protect workers from the inadvertent start-up of
machinery during maintenance at its Wylie, Texas, facility.
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 15 alleged
safety violations following a March inspection prompted by
complaints about safety hazards.
A willful violation
citation was issued for allegedly failing to develop written
procedures and make them available to workers. Alleged serious
violations included failing to ensure and verify a workplace
hazard assessment; conducting periodic inspection of
lockout/tagout operations; providing lockout/tagout training
for affected workers; ensuring the use of specific shift change
procedures to prevent serious injuries or fatalities; failing
to ensure machine guards were in place; and providing a way to
lock an equipments means of disconnection in the open
"By failing to provide
instructions on how to lockout and tagout service panels,
Extruders exposed workers to possible electrocution hazards,"
said John Hermanson, OSHAs regional administrator in
Extruders, a division
of Wylie-based Atrium Cos Inc., produces aluminum windows and
The company has 15
business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request
an informal conference with OSHA or contest the findings before
an independent OSHA commission.